Summer Days

I am quite smitten with these last, lingering days of summer

The sunny breezes and green, green grasses

And the incredible blue of the blue, blue skies

With soft and textured and many-layered clouds

and all the impossibly gorgeous colors

blending together

It could make a person wax poetic

if one knew how to wax that way

A Mention


It is very good to be feeling good right this minute

I suddenly noticed today

— and what a find —

that nothing hurts

in body or mind 

— and how often does that happen?


I suddenly realized

I’d better give a thought

to the lovely and sublime

that surround us

all the time

Even though the crass and cruel

scream for our attention

seems like the wonderful stuff

deserves at least a mention




A Bit of a Thought

 Feeling disgruntled from time to time

…….and I don’t realize just what gives.

Feeling gruntled seems better, by wide and by far;

but I’m not really sure what that is.

Obviously,  I had to research the meaning;

and it’s ” humorous, pleased, satisfied, and


So to wish to be gruntled is in no way


Never heard that word said;  not one time; never said it;

But I will; very soon, and I shall not regret it



From 2012 – An Old Low

I have just hit the a new low!  As of today, I have lost 25 pounds.  Makes me feel good!
So, it turns out I am five feet tall (okay, 4′ 11″ and 3/4) and I weigh 120 pounds; in my twenties I weighed around 105 pounds (I was still 4’11” and 3/4) so I have not yet hit that “ideal” weight.  I’m not sure if I will get to that point, but we will see what happens.  If I even hit 115, I will be happy and amazed.  At this weight I am happy and amazed!
It’s taken about a year and nine months to lose this weight, so by the two-year mark, maybe I will hit the goal of 115.
The best part is, I like the way I eat now, and I don’t view it as a temporary diet.  I’m not feeling, as I have in previous weight loss attempts, that it is something I am suffering through until I can go back to eating not-so-nutritious food.
Greens, beans, onions and all kinds of vegetables, mushrooms, berries, seeds and nuts and other fruit of all kinds, are the main types of food I eat; with a smattering of bread (carefully chosen with an eye on ingredients).  Still no dairy EXCEPT cream in my coffee (2-4 tablespoons per day) — can’t quite find a replacement that tastes great yet.
For exercise, I walk; my goal is to do this each day but it’s been more like three times per week until the last couple of months or so.  I lift weights intermittently— need to get a better schedule for strength training.  I’m starting a yoga class next week, to help with this.  And I am trying to learn to meditate because in spite of all the great health benefits I’ve experienced with this “eat-to-live” stuff, I am still wound up a bit too tight and anxiety and worry follow me around on some of the days of my life, in somewhat unpredictable cycles, like the cloud around Pigpen.  In this regard, another reference to Peanuts; I take it one day at a time, or like Charlie Brown said once, maybe a half of a day at time—good advice abounds in that comic strip!
All in all, I have to say:

TWENTY FIVE POUNDS!!!!!!!!!! and I feel good!

P.S.  I am 59 years old (yikes) and I have been able to do this dramatic shift in eating habits even at my old age so, see, it’s possible, it is.  I just wanted to say my age because pretty soon I will be into a new decade and that sounds really ancient to me, but old is the best option available it seems.

Let It Be

Let good news

            be good news

Let that be my style

Let some things be okay

at least for awhile

Getting all twisted

and messed up forever

can wait until Tuesday

or Thursday              

         or never

IMG_5278So, anyway……I got a tetanus shot booster three days ago and my arm has been hurting ever since!  Finally hurting less and I now have hope that it will stop hurting very soon.  Also have been feeling a little achy/fevery and a lot tired – maybe related, maybe not. I don’t know if I’ll ever get another one.  I bet if you got a deep wound of some kind they’d end up giving you the shot again anyway.  Ah, well,  maybe it’s all worth it.

How this relates to the flower pictured here, I cannot say.  Maybe it’s a reminder of the cycles of life and this too shall pass and stuff like that.  Yeah, that’s it!


August in Michigan

I seriously like this view.



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Pasta and Mushrooms


Pasta next to mushrooms

makes me happy

That’s all.


Drive by Clouds

While driving to the Riviera Theater

in Three Rivers, Michigan,

Stumbled upon these amazing clouds

Can’t do them justice

but compelled to try


August in Michigan